The Herbest surname is derived from the German word "Herbst," meaning autumn. It has been suggested that the surname may have originally been used by people whose main work occurred during the fall harvest. For example, Herbster, most likely meant "grape harvester."
Early Origins of the Herbest family
The surname Herbest was first found in Bavaria
, where the name was anciently associated with the tribal conflicts of the area. Early records include a Marquart Herbst, in Würzburg in 1220 and a Nitsche Herbist, on record in Liegnitz in 1372. They branched into many houses, and their contributions were sought by many leaders in their search for power.
Early History of the Herbest family
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Herbest Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Herbst, Herbest, Herbster, Harpster, Herbstheiner, Herbestheim, Herbstman, Erbst, Erbest, Herbestman, Herbestmann, Erbestmann, Herbstmann, Herbsteiner and many more.
Early Notables of the Herbest family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Herbest family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Michael Harpster, who came to Philadelphia in 1741; Andreas Herbst, who settled in America sometime between 1775 and 1781; Aloise Herbst, who settled in New York in 1845.